Rachel Nichols Cast on Criminal Minds

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Rachel Nichols has signed on for a multi-episode story arc on Criminal Minds later this season. Might she be a permanent replacement for A.J. Cook, who bids farewell this evening?

It doesn't look like it. Criminal Minds had planned to add a new female regular cast member in the wake of the Cook's departure. That still may be true, but it won't be Rachel.

The character Nichols will play, FBI cadet Ashley Seager, was originally envisioned as a new regular, but that changed, and Nichols will now appear in three episodes, reports say.

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Rachel Nichols of Star Trek and Alias fame.

The premise for her arrival? Seager is invited by Hotch (Thomas Gibson) to consult on a case after learning her family history will bring a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer.

It will be interesting to see how the show handles JJ's exit and who fills the void left by her departure. Will Morgan be developed more, for example, or will a newcomer be cast?

In any case, Cook will be missed. She was terrific in last week's season premiere, and this evening's episode, fittingly titled "J.J.," looks like it will be a powerful one as well.

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They need to bring J.J back every actor brings a unique quality to the show, she can not be replaced no more than reid or garcia can be replaced , bring her back


What ever happens , happens , this show is great and no single actor is going too ruin that , i thought the new agent was very good and her and reid have some chemistry there that should be explored so i hope she stays x but jj/AJ COOK will be missed.


I feel the same way as everybody else who wrote in about AJ and regarding the new blond - it looks real tacky. AJ can never be replaced. I loved her and she was part of your family and then became part of mine. Why did you let her go? BRING AJ BACK BRING AJ BACK!!!!!!


I feel the same way as everybody else who wrote in about JJ and regarding the new blond - it looks real tacky. JJ can never be replaced. I loved her and she was part of your family and then became part of mine. Why did you let her go? BRING JJ BACK BRING JJ BACK!!!!!!


I'm still watching Ciminal Minds but I feel like the rest of the people who posted on this. They made the worst mistake ever to letting her go, then the gall to replace her with a fake who shows me no interest and actually brining the TV program down. If you wanted to do that, you should have just gone off the air. You have no clue as to what you did to everyone out there, but to you all. Good Luck because with time your rating will start going down, especially with the blond replacement, she is nothing or will ever be good like JJ. Your loss will be someone else gain.


If CM doesn't add this actress to the show, they're nuts.


Look, I am no "insider" or expert when it comes to producing TV or anything, but I'd like to think that there should still be at least some integrity or at least some semblance of shame when it comes down to it. But kicking AJ off then replacing her with almost an exact look a like? I mean seriously, I saw CM tonight and thought JJ returned or something, her and a blond Rachel looking so much alike! That really is such an insult to both Ms. Cook and to the viewers.


i like rachel nichols


thank goodness she is gone! I HATE JJ. she ruins he show!


It's unfortunate that CBS chose the cut J.J. off the show. I've been watching the show since the beginning and now that a third member of the orignal cast has left the show, it's starting to lose my interest. I'm not sure how long I will keep watching, and I must say that replacing J.J. with a lady that looks pretty much like J.J. is basically turning me off.

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.

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